Born and raised in Istanbul, she focused on researching and continuing her career as an artist after studying in the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Art University for her bachelor and master degrees and where she collaborated with individuals, institutions and corporates. She has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and artist residency programs ever since. She moved to London with the belief that she would add more value to her life and work. After she set up her artist studio, she got a scholarship from the London Creative Network and the EU, and studied Artist Business Development. She became a part of the international artist movement Artist Support Pledge in the UK and found the Turkish Language redroduction to support Turkish artists under #SanatçıDestekBirliği during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Believing that creativity and giving value is an essence of life for her existence, Seçil Erel gives her audience an experience of multi-thinking and sensation in her large scale modular work where colour is dominant, and multi-layered dense textures overlap. Her paintings seek spaces where various perspectives and awareness is developed and is adapted to the artist’s motto of existence.
Seçil says about her work:
“My creations are based on modular, layered, and abstract paintings. I am known for my large-scale pieces, but I also use various sizes and techniques for all my different series. I craft my paintings with harmony, metronomic repetition, movement, colour, light, contrast, and balance. In each piece, I aim to incorporate
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual integrity.
Inspired by mathematics, my paintings are based on modularity and perceived systematic structure. However, emotions and feelings are also dominant in the process. This started off with my personal experience of finding and transcending myself and my way of life which I build on change and various perspectives.
Situations come through to being here and now, and concepts of time and space are formed in my visual language. The compositions are open, multi-faceted, portable, dynamic and changeable. They are formed by a loop constructed by units on the surfaces. Therefore, my style of production consists of boundaries that protect their centre. In my works, process and energy of the present moment are at the forefront where the most fundamental feature is to adapt to changing conditions. In this way, contrary to the result, it has the chance to renew itself in flowing time and changing space. My work turns into the energy of the moment with the visual language I choose."